**Right off the bat I want to clarify that I don’t have a teen…yet. This isn’t exactly a guest post, but it’s more like a guest idea! With permission, I’m sharing her incredibly fun and creative way of surprising her teen with a trip.**

I have a confession to make…

I am not all that creative. In fact, just scrolling through Pinterest gives me hives. It makes me feel inferior to all those mamas with ridiculously creative ideas. You know, the ones who pack school lunches that look like they could be on the cover of a magazine. Or the ones who throw impromptu rainy day craft party- complete with a theme AND educational twist- with just the stuff they have around the house.

Nope. That just isn’t me.

Fortunately for my kids, I know my own creative limits. And, for that reason I’m always interested in learning from others in my life. (Bonus points go to the friends who have ideas I can actually execute and not just admire.) All that to say, when my friend pulled off an amazingly creative way of surprising her teen with a trip- I had to ask her if I could share!

A few months ago I was scrolling through one of my social media accounts and I noticed she posted a picture of an airplane. Intrigued, I quickly checked the comments and found none. I honestly thought there was a good chance she posted the picture by mistake. I clicked “like” on the outside chance it would prompt her to realize she’d posted a random picture.

A few days later a big bright red apple caught my attention. It was so out of place on my newsfeed. Once again, it was posted without any description. However, this time a few people made comments about how delicious it looked, asking where it was from, etc.

The third picture posted that week showed a weather forecast for upcoming dates. But based on the temperature, I knew it wasn’t the forecast for our area. 

At this point I got curious and texted my friend to find out what was going on with her social media account. Had she been hacked? Here was her response:

“I’m surprising my daughter with a trip to New York City. Since she’s on social media all the time, I thought this might be a fun way to tell her about the plans.”

A day or two later to officially confirm her daughter’s suspicions, my friend created a collage of the previous pictures with a picture of the two of them. On this one she finally added a description and asked her daughter if she figured out what all the clues meant yet?

How cute is that???

Since I’m not creative at all, I’m so thankful for my creative friends! I have this idea filed in the vault and I look forward to the day when I can surprise my kids this way! Maybe it will go over a little better than the last time I tried to surprise them with a trip! (Read all about that disappointing disaster, here.)

Also worth noting- although I avoid Pinterest for all things creative/crafty, I do love frequenting it for travel inspiration. You can find Mom With A Map on Pinterest, here.

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